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2009-01-09 04:20:00

GEORGETOWN, Texas, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When Charles Darwin published his landmark book On the Evolution of Species in 1859, his theories on evolution were quickly accepted by the vast majority of scientists. The general public, however, was not as eager to accept Darwin's ideas, due largely to the fact that they challenged established religious beliefs. Today, 150 years after the publication of Darwin's book, science and religion remain as conflicted as ever when it comes to...

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2009-01-06 09:20:00

A rare kind of pink iguana, unidentified by Charles Darwin in his now historic trips to the Galapagos Islands, could give evidence of species deviation earlier than Darwin's well-known finches, researchers announced Monday. Rosada was failed to be spotted by Darwin in his 1835 investigations, but seems to have the earliest identified discrepancy in land animals in the archipelago. This discovery also for the first time identifies the reptiles as a new species, announced Gabriele Gentile of...

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2008-11-13 11:30:45

A team of Princeton University scientists has discovered that chains of proteins found in most living organisms act like adaptive machines, possessing the ability to control their own evolution. The research, which appears to offer evidence of a hidden mechanism guiding the way biological organisms respond to the forces of natural selection, provides a new perspective on evolution, the scientists said. The researchers -- Raj Chakrabarti, Herschel Rabitz, Stacey Springs and George McLendon --...

2008-10-01 00:05:00

By Jenny Stocks Film stars will descend on a Cornish fishing village this week to shoot the story of Charles Darwin's life. Charlestown, on the south coast of Cornwall near St Austell, will provide one of the locations for the film Creation, which follows the life of the English naturalist. Shooting is due to take place tomorrow, Friday and Sunday. The film is based on Annie's Box, a book by Darwin's great-great- grandson Randal Keynes. It will be released next year to tie in with...

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2008-09-16 16:40:00

An official announcement from the Vatican on Tuesday said the theory of evolution was compatible with the Bible but planned no posthumous apology to Charles Darwin for the cold reception it gave him 150 years ago. The Vatican's culture minister, Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, spoke at the announcement of a Rome conference of scientists, theologians and philosophers to be held next March marking the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin's "The Origin of Species". Darwin's theory of...

2008-08-29 03:00:19

By Day, Matthew doi: 10.1017/S0009640708000863 Monkey Trials and Gorilla Sermons: Evolution and Christianity from Darwin to Intelligent Design. By Peter Bowler. New Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2007. x + 258 pp. $24.95 cloth. Rummaging around for a title to his now-classic study of the religious movements that rocked central and western New York state during the first half of the nineteenth century, Whitney Cross decided that he...

2008-08-21 18:00:19

By Steve Denton JAMES Barry often writes complete rubbish but his attack on John Marchant and Genesis (Echo, August 15) really takes the biscuit. Where did you get these scientific "facts" from Mr Barry, the Beano? Darwin's theory of evolution is exactly that, a theory. It is unproven and probably unprovable. The discovery of DNA has proved that the most complex forms of life existed in the original species. DNA can only lose information as it is passed from one generation to...

2008-08-07 09:00:18

Children from a Year 11 science class are walking across the beach on Dorset's Jurassic Coast, picking up pebble after pebble in search of evidence of evolution. For some, the exciting discovery of ammonite fossils hidden inside the rock, and clear explanations from presenter and scientist Richard Dawkins of what they are looking at add enough physical proof to their classroom lesson to convince them that Charles Darwin's theory - first published 150 years ago - is correct. But several of...

2008-07-11 09:00:18

By WILLIAM MULLEN By William Mullen Chicago Tribune CHICAGO Some dusty fossil fish spotted by a sharp-eyed University of Chicago doctoral student as he rummaged through forgotten corners of museum collections in Europe have solved a question that has long vexed scientists. The puzzling question was: How did flatfish, a bizarre, highly specialized group of bottom-feeding fish - sole, plaice, turbot, flounder and halibut among them - end up with both of their eyes on one side of their...

2008-07-10 09:00:00

By William Mullen, Chicago Tribune Jul. 10--Some dusty fish fossils spotted by a sharp-eyed University of Chicago doctoral student as he rummaged through forgotten corners of museum collections in Europe have answered a question that has long vexed scientists. The puzzling question was: How did flatfish, a bizarre, highly specialized group of bottom-feeding fish that are some of nature's most delicious creatures--sole, plaice, turbot, flounder and halibut among them--end up with both of...


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